Dr. Joseph A. Whelan Elementary School

1440 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: (401) 233-1180  |  Fax: (401) 353-1465

Principal: Mrs. Amanda Donovan 

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For Parents

When you’re family to a Whelan Elementary student, you’re also considered family to our school community. At Whelan, we educate the whole child, and focus on student wellbeing – not only academics. Several resources are provided through our school, including “MySchoolBucks,” a site that allows families to view meals offered at school and meal account information, as well as parent and teacher portals to keep families up-to-date with the latest classroom news.

We hope you’ll tap into these helpful tools, as well as the North Providence School Department as a whole and our partners at the Town of North Providence and Rhode Island Department of Education.

Daily Schedule

Morning Schedule

Breakfast Students: 8:55 a.m.

Breakfast will now be grab and go and served in the classrooms

School Opens: 8:45 a.m.

Students will not be allowed in the building prior to then, as there is no supervision until 8:45 a.m.

SOS Bell Schedule

  • Students enter the building at 8:45 am
  • School begins at 8:55am
  • Lunch Grades K-2 12:05-12:35
  • Lunch grades 3-5 12:35-1:05
  • Bus students dismissed at 3:05
  • Walkers dismissed at 3:15

Meals & Snacks

Children need healthy meals to learn.  North Providence offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $.75 and lunch cost $2.45.  

Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals.  Reduced price is $.25 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions.

Health & Safety

Dear Parents / Guardians,

  • All incoming K students must be up to date with immunizations and physicals as mandated by the RI Dept of Health.  If your child is missing any information, you will receive a note from me.
  • For all students in grades 1 – 5 :  When he/she has an annual physical exam, kindly ask the physician for a copy of the physical, so the health record can be updated.
  • Annual dental visits are also required; kindly provide a copy of the annual dental visit.
  • If you child needs medication on a regular basis, even tylenol, a medication order form must be provided
  • Peanut / Tree Nuts:  Any child who has a life threatening allergy must provide an epipen on the first day of school along with a physician order.  We have a peanut free table in the cafeteria for the child to sit at.
  • Asthma and inhaler use:  If your child has asthma and will need an inhaler at school, a physician order must be provided along with an inhaler to remain at the school.  There will be an educational program entitled “Draw a Breath” provided by RI Hospital which will be offered in the fall at Birchwood Middle School. 

Parent Teacher Organization
at Whelan Elementary

President: Alisha McKay
Phone: 401-233-1180
Email: whelan.pto@outlook.com

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